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Dyslexia Resources

Informative Websites

International Dyslexia Association

The International Dyslexia Association, Inc. is a nonprofit charity organized and operated to provide advocacy, resources, and services to teaching professionals, advocates, individuals, and families impacted by dyslexia and other related learning differences. This website is a comprehensive resource for parents and professionals, offering books, training, videos, fact information, and success stories.

Recommended Sections:

  • About Dyslexia – Dyslexia at a Glance, Fact Sheets, Success Stories, FAQ
  • Families – Dyslexia Handbook, Conferences & Workshops
  • Resources – Infographics, Structured Literacy, Video Library


Understood is a nonprofit organization dedicated to shaping the world for difference. The website provides resources and support so people who learn and think differently can thrive in school, at work, and throughout life. This organization addresses all learning and thinking differences, not just dyslexia. It is not uncommon when someone has a diagnosis of dyslexia that other learning differences may be present as well. This website is a valuable resource for parents to understand that more than one learning difficulty may affect their child's learning.

Learning Ally

Learning Ally offers schools and families audiobooks and assistive technology for help with dyslexia and reading comprehension. The website includes other resources for navigating the challenges of dyslexia and an online parent community of support. Learning Ally offers schools and families audiobooks and assistive technology for help with dyslexia and reading comprehension.


Dyslexia Video Series from GaDOE (Georgia Department of Education)

The videos are designed to be viewed sequentially

  • Video 1: What is Dyslexia? (11:03 min.) The first video is an overview of the definition of and characteristics of dyslexia.
  • Video 2: Reading Development and Dyslexia (10:20 min.) The second video of this series explains the relationship between reading development and dyslexia.
  • Video 3: Dyslexia and the IDEA (11:35 min.) The third video answers many common questions about dyslexia and services offered under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
  • Video 4: Structured Literacy and Dyslexia (20:56 min.) The fourth and final video of the series ends with a description of what a structured literacy approach to reading instruction means, and what this looks like for students with dyslexia.

To access the summaries of each video and a sharable flyer, click here.

The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia (2012, 1 hour)

This video examines how dyslexia affects children and their families through the experiences of four students with dyslexia and the work of Drs. Sally and Bennett Shaywitz.

Embracing Dyslexia (2013, 51 minutes)

This documentary explores dyslexia from the perspective of parents of children with dyslexia, adults with dyslexia, and professionals, including educators and researchers, to present a revealing portrayal of dyslexia as a learning difference that may affect as many as one in five people.


What is Dyslexia?

Dr. Horowitz, from the National Center for Learning Disabilities, talks about dyslexia and its impact on individuals, and how this language processing disorder can hinder reading, writing, spelling, and sometimes even speaking.

Made by Dyslexia

Dyslexic Celebrities including Sir Richard Branson, Keira Knightley, and Orlando Bloom join expert teachers from leading dyslexia schools to share their wisdom and expertise about the strengths of dyslexia.

Keira Knightly Interview

A delightful interview with Keira Knightley. The actress is charming, honest, and informative as she discusses her childhood after being diagnosed with dyslexia at six years old.

TED Talks

People With Dyslexia Don’t See Letters Or Words Backwards by Kelli Sandman-Hurley

Kelli Sandman-Hurley urges us to think again about dyslexic brain function and to celebrate the neurodiversity of the human brain.

The True Gifts of a Dyslexic Mind by David Bragonier

In this inspiring talk, advocate and educator Dean Bragonier offers a different take on dyslexia. By looking at the unique mindset of dyslexics as a strength, Dean reframes a perceived weakness as a powerful tool and teaches us all an important lesson about the power of an open mind and an open heart.


Beamish, Beth. (2020) Dyslexia. Wrestling with an Octopus. Merits Publishing.

From the author: "This book took me over five years to write. As any parent of a child with learning challenges knows, it is difficult and expensive trying to find out how best to help your child. I hope that parents reading this book will learn from my mistakes and be able to use my 10 tips to find the answers they need. Having seen the impact dyslexia has had on my health, I explore this topic in the hope it will prevent others from suffering in the same way. Dyslexia is much more than a reading, spelling, and writing issue. It affects the whole of life. My holistic approach gives parents the tools to help their child thrive socially, academically, and physically."

Eide, Brock & Eide, Fernette. (2023) The Dyslexic Advantage. Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain. Penguin Random House, New York, NY.

The Dyslexic Advantage provides invaluable advice on how parents, educators, and individuals with dyslexia can recognize and use the strengths of the dyslexic learning style in material reasoning (used by architects and engineers), interconnected reasoning (scientists and designers), narrative reasoning (novelists and lawyers); and dynamic reasoning (economists and entrepreneurs).

Shaywitz, Sally. (2020) Overcoming Dyslexia, A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, NY.

Dyslexia is the most common learning disorder on the planet, affecting about one in five individuals, regardless of age or gender. Now, a world-renowned expert gives us a substantially updated and augmented edition of her classic work: drawing on an additional fifteen years of cutting-edge research, offering new information on all aspects of dyslexia and reading problems, and providing the tools that parents, teachers, and all individuals with dyslexia need.

Tridas, Eric Q. (2007) From ABC to ADHD: What Every Parent Should Know About Dyslexia. International Dyslexia Association, Baltimore, MD.

From ABC to ADHD is an understandable, reliable source of information for parents of a child with a developmental or behavioral problem. Written by an experienced team of physicians and neuropsychologists, this essential guide walks parents through topics that include the role of attention in reading, the causes of ADHD and dyslexia, and a range of instructional, behavioral, and medical management strategies, including a detailed analysis of medications and their side effects.

Books to Read with Your Child

Fortune, Tammy. (2020) Did You Say Pasghetti? Dusty and Danny Tackle Dyslexia. Tammy Fortune Publisher, VA.

The story, which is told by Danny's best friend, Dusty the Dog, gives kids a fun yet realistic look at some of the struggles associated with dyslexia and other learning challenges – like frustration, low self-esteem, and negativity.

Griebelbauer, Abigail. (2020) D is for Darcy – Not Dyslexia. The Passage Press. Indianapolis, IN.

This book is the first in The Empower Empathy Early Series. The story showcases the strengths and struggles of dyslexia through the main character, Darcy.

Hunt, Lynda Mullaly. (2017) Fish in a Tree. Penguin Young Readers Group, Baltimore, MD.

Ally, the story's main character, learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. Ally feels free to be herself as her confidence grows and the world opens up with possibilities. She discovers that there's a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label and that great minds don't always think alike.

Winkler, Henry & Oliver, Lin. (2004-2016) The Hank Zipzer Series – based on the life of Henry Winkler who has dyslexia. Grossett & Dunlap, New York, NY.

Inspired by the life experiences of Henry Winkler, whose undiagnosed dyslexia made him a classic childhood underachiever, the Hank Zipzer series is about the high-spirited and funny adventures of a boy with learning differences.

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